Sharapova rags-to-riches journey resumes in Stuttgart

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Siberia-born Sharapova first picked up a racquet at the age of four in Sochi, where her Belarus-born parents had settled after escaping the deadly clutches of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.Spotted by Martina Navratilova, she was encouraged to move to Nick Bollettieri’s Florida academy, the proving ground of Andre Agassi and Monica Seles.Father Yuri and the seven-year-old Maria left for the US in 1994 with just $700 (644 euros) to their names.Yuri took odd jobs like dishwashing to finance his daughter’s dreams although visa restrictions meant mother Yelena was back in Russia, separated from her daughter for two years.When Sharapova was nine, the mighty IMG group spotted her talent and funded the $35,000 fees required for the Bollettieri school.ADVERTISEMENT Wimbledon celebrityShe made her professional debut at 14 in 2001 and by 2003 reached the world top 50. She won her first tour titles in Japan and Quebec.Then in 2004, her Wimbledon final triumph over Williams made her an overnight international celebrity.One year later, she became the first Russian woman to be ranked number one in the world while, in 2006, she won her second major at the US Open.But in 2007 and 2008, she began her long, on-off battle with shoulder trouble.She still had time to win the 2008 Australian Open before a second shoulder injury kept her off tour for the second half of the season, including missing the US Open and Beijing Olympics.A 10-month absence from the sport, as she recuperated from surgery, saw her ranking slip to 126, but she was back in 2012, capturing the French Open to become the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam and adding Olympic silver to her resume that year.Her 2014 French Open title was another high after a dispiriting injury low.More injury troubles followed before the bombshell announcement of her positive test for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open — where she fell in the quarter-finals to Williams, her last match before her suspension.Serena rivalryWith Williams, she has endured her most testing rivalry — on and off the court.The two famously exchanged personal insults over their love lives when Sharapova began a two-year romance with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov, a rumoured previous suitor of the American. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Racela on TNT loss to Ginebra: ‘We gave up’ Sharapova had previously been engaged to former Los Angeles Laker star Sasha Vujacic.She may have been unlucky in love, but Sharapova hit the jackpot in her commercial affairs.She made almost $30 million in 2015, according to Forbes, with $23 million of that coming from endorsements and once signed a contract extension with Nike worth a reported $70 million.“Beauty sells. I have to realise that’s a part of why people want me. I’m not going to make myself ugly,” she said.She owns luxury homes — one in Florida, one in California — and is making a lucrative career as an entrepreneur.In 2012, she launched her own line of candy, ‘Sugarpova’, and during her suspension, signed up for a Harvard Business School course.But she insists that retirement was never an option despite her absence meaning her world ranking has disappeared, leaving her at the mercy of wildcards into tournaments.Those free-passes have irked many of her contemporaries already suspicious of the Russian’s aloofness.“I know I am respected,” says an unconcerned Sharapova. CBB Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ On Wednesday in Stuttgart, the 30-year-old will return from a 15-month doping suspension to open the next chapter.When she takes to the court to face Roberta Vinci, it will be to the consternation of many opponents and the relief, albeit privately, of a women’s tour left flagging by the absence of Serena Williams, probably Sharapova’s only serious rival in the arena-filling business.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSharapova shot to international fame as a giggly 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004 — the third youngest player to conquer the All England Club’s famous grass courts.She would go on to win the Australian and US Opens while claiming two titles at the French Open, despite famously likening her movement on Roland Garros’s crushed red brick to a “cow on ice”. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite STUTTGART, Germany — From the shadow of Chernobyl’s nuclear wasteland to international super-stardom and from penniless arrival in the United States, without a word of English, to a fortune of $200 million.It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood dreams, but the story of Maria Sharapova is a testament to the power of one individual to make it, whatever the odds, whatever the controversy, whatever people think.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Half centuries for Hope, Powell

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC): Shai Hope and Kieran Powell struck half-centuries on the opening day of the two-day tour match here yesterday as the Windies geared up for next week’s first Test against Bangladesh. Opting to bat first against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, the Windies ended the day at the MA Aziz Stadium on 303 for six, with Hope top-scoring with 88 and Powell getting 72. Roston Chase chipped in with 35, while both Shane Dowrich and Shimron Hetmyer got 24. Playing in their only warm-up match before the opening Test, the tourists lost captain Kraigg Brathwaite cheaply for six with the score on 11 in the seventh over of the day. However, Hope and Powell then came together in a 163-run-seconds’ wicket stand to lead the Windies recovery. Hope faced 112 balls and struck 10 fours and three sixes, while the left-handed Powell was more circumspect, counting six fours and a six in a 142-ball knock. Hope retired hurt and Powell fell to a catch at the wicket off left-arm spinner Fazle Mahmud, paving the way for Chase, Hetmyer and Dowrich to spend valuable time at the crease. The Windies will face Bangladesh in two Tests starting next Thursday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here in Chittagong. The tour also includes three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st Innings *K Brathwaite b Shafiul 62 K Powell c Zakir Hasan b Fazle Mahmud 72 S Hope ret. hurt 88 S Ambris b Nayeem 17 R Chase lbw b Rubel 35 S Hetmyer c Rishad Hossain b Nayeem 24 +S Dowrich c Zakir Hasan b Soumya Sarkar 24 R Reifer batting 14 K Paul batting 18 Extras (lb3, nb2) 5 TOTAL (6 wkts, 86.3 overs) 303 To bat: J Warrican, D Bishoo, S Gabriel, K Roach, S Lewis, J Hamilton. Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-174, 3-200, 4-239, 5-270, 6-271. Bowling: Shafiul 10-3-23-1, Rubel Hossain 10-2-40-1, Ebadat Hossain 8-0-36-0, Robiul Haque 7-0-21-0, Nayeem Hasan 26-3-104-2, Rishad Hossain 15.3-2-55-0, Fazle Mahmud 5-1-11-1, Soumya Sarkar 5-1-10-1. BCB XI – Rubel Hossain (captain), Soumya Sarkar, Zakir Hasan (wk), Mizanur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud, Ebadat Hossain, Shadman Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Nayeem Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Robiul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Rishad Hossain. Umpires: Masudur Rahman, Gazi Sohellast_img read more

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Funding for security sector reform likely to be dispersed year end

first_imgFunding for Guyana’s revised Security Sector Reform Action Plan (SSRAP) could be dispersed by the end of the year, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge revealed on Wednesday.The Minister who met with media operatives to provide an update on the recent State visit to the United Kingdom (UK), said talks surrounding assistance for crime and security was on top of the agenda.Greenidge who also holds the portfolio for Vice President gave his assurance that the coalition Government is keen on reactivating the security assistance mechanism.“I believe that that exercise will be completed before year end and there will be arrangements for some parts of those funds to be dispersed before the end of the year. I am very sure that that is the intention and the plan,” he said, when asked to provide a timeframe.The Minister also made reference to former top UK military officer, Russell Combe, who is currently in Guyana to assist with the implementation of the SSRAP which is part of a UK funded initiative aimed at improving the security sector here.Greenidge said, “The visit takes place at a critical juncture of Guyana’s development and at an equally critical one in UK’s political and economic evolution.”The UK had slashed the amount of money it would have provided to a revisedForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge (centre), Director General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Audrey Waddell (extreme right) and another Ministry officialSSRAP to Guyana because its priority was shifted from security to infrastructure.The project which began in 2007 was scrapped in 2009 after the British Government had requested to have oversight of the programme to ensure that there was ‘value for money’.The former Government had disagreed with the manner in which the British Government had wanted the programme to be run, claiming that Britain had sought to intrude upon Guyana’s sovereignty.However, the British Government said the Government of Guyana had submitted a different proposal which had focused on Police modernisation rather than a holistic approach to reform. The intention was to build a workable basis for improving national security while reducing crime in Guyana.Government believes that once implemented, Guyana’s security sector will be significantly strengthened and hopefully this will lend to a reduction in the number of illicit activities that takes place.President David Granger has said too there is need for a stronger Police Force, one that is better equipped with all tools necessary to function adequately.last_img read more

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Man granted bail on ‘smoking weed’ charge

first_imgA man who was intercepted by Police Officers for allegedly smoking weed (marijuana) was on Monday granted bail when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman.Gavin Hickson, 46, of 146 Alexander Street, Kitty, Georgetown, originally pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge stated that on May 19, 2017, at Kitty Public Road, Hickson smoked cannabis (marijuana).However, the court was in for a morning of laughter as the defendant interrupted Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves as he was reading the facts to “clarify to you (Magistrate Latchman) what really happen”.According to the defendant, he was not intercepted at Kitty Public Road, but rather at Alexander Street, Kitty.The man explained that he was in the company of other men who were smoking which is “not where the thief men them and so does be”, when Police ranks came up to him and accused him of smoking ‘a joint of weed’, which was next to him on the ground.According to Hickson, he was not smoking the weed, but as it was next to him, he admitted ownership and, as such, was arrested.After his explanation, Magistrate Latchman entered a not guilty plea for him.She then placed him on $20,000 bail.However, the defendant told the Magistrate that he entered a guilty plea because he has no family in the country to bail him.As such, Magistrate Latchman reread the charge to which the defendant again pleaded guilty.She explained to him that the penalty attached to his offence was one to three years’ imprisonment along with a fine of $6000 to $15,000.Upon hearing this, the defendant told the Magistrate that he wished to again change his plea to a not guilty one as “I gone get one of me pardna to bail me out”.Magistrate Latchman granted his request and again placed him on $20,000 bail. The defendant is scheduled to return to court on June 12, 2017.last_img read more

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Saguaro Resources will drill 28 wells in Northeast B.C.

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Saguaro Resources has announced they plan to ramp up capital spending in 2017 and 2018 in Northeast B.C.On Thursday, Saguaro Resources announced they had closed the placement of $50 million of secured notes, and recently expanded its syndicated revolving credit facility from $65 million to $105 million.“With this funding we plan to ramp up our capital spend in 2017, 2018 and beyond. Our high free condensate yield and low drilling and completion costs provide very attractive economics at current strip prices. Saguaro’s goal is to more than double our 2016 exit production rate of 12,000 boe/d by the end of 2018” said Stacy Knull President & CEO.- Advertisement -In 2017, their capital program will include drilling 28 wells (24 of which will be brought on-stream) and the expansion of its processing facility to 100 MMcf/d.Saguaro had estimated proved reserves of 84 MMboe and estimated proved plus probable reserves of 270 MMboe at year end 2016. This represents a 140% increase in proved reserves and a 150% increase in proved plus probable reserves since the end of 2015.last_img read more

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Datebook

first_imgThe Earth Beneath Us: What Our Local Landscapes and Rocks Can Tell Us, 2-3:30 p.m., National Park Service Visitor Center, 401 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 370-2301. Science Day 2007, 2-4 p.m., Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 228-7000. Beatles tribute concert, featuring Ticket to Ride, 6 p.m., Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Free. Picnic baskets OK. Call (805) 584-4400. “Curious George” screening, 8 p.m., Mae Boyar Park, 130 Kanan Road, Oak Park. Free. Call (818) 865-9304. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 8 p.m., Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (310) 455-3723. SATURDAY Book sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Granada Hills Library, 10640 Platt Ave. Call (818) 368-5687. Plant adventures hike, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sooky Goldman Nature Center, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. Meet at Wm. O. Douglass Outdoor Classroom. Bring food and drink. Call (310) 858-7272. Ocean Expedition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. Free with admission. Call (213) 763-3348. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Italian duo vying to sign Spurs star

first_img Vlad Chiriches Juventus and Inter Milan are both keeping tabs on Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches.According to sources in Italy, the Serie A pair are on the lookout for defensive recruits and have identified the 24-year-old as a viable January option.Chiriches arrived from Steaua Bucharest in an £8.5m deal last year but his future at White Hart Lane seems uncertain.He has started just 18 Premier League games in nearly 18 months at the club and has made just three appearances for Tottenham under new boss Mauricio Pochettino, the last of which ended with him gifting Besiktas a late penalty in the Europa League.Now Inter and Juve are reportedly considering loan offers for the Romania international as they bid to ease injury problems at the back. 1last_img read more

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Arsenal beat Manchester City to signature of French wonderkid

first_img1 Arsenal have reportedly won the race to sign French wonderkid Ismael Bennacer.The Gunners have fended off competition from Manchester City to land the 17-year-old, who currently plays for French third division side AC Arles-Avignon.City were favourites to capture Bennacer with reports in his homeland claiming he had agreed personal terms over a move to the Etihad.But now, according to L’Equipe, Arsene Wenger has stolen a march on City and the Gunners are now in prime position to bring the teenager to the Premier League.A French youth international, Bennacer made seven senior appearances for AC Arles-Avignon last season but could not prevent them from being relegated to the third-tier. Ismael Bennacer last_img read more

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10 footballers who look like food, including Ibrahimovic, Ozil and Suarez!

first_img 11 2. Marco Reus looks like this corn on the cob 7. Vincent Kompany looks like an upside-down pear 11 9. Didier Drogba looks like this carrot Have you ever found yourself reading through a complex, intelligently written, 2000-word sports feature on the comparisons between Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning side and Barcelona’s treble winning giants from last season only to pause halfway through and ask yourself: ‘Why has no-one ever written an article about footballers who look like food?’No, us neither, and yet here we are!From the eggs that look like Mesut Ozil’s eyes, to the corn on the cob that is the spitting image of Marco Reus’ hair, this gallery of ten pictures (plus one bonus) gives you the lowdown on all of today’s modern day footballers and their uncanny resemblances to foodstuffs.Click the right arrow on the picture above to scroll through our slideshow of 10 footballers who look like food… 8. Andres Iniesta looks like this happy potato 4, Martin Skrtel looks like an egg 11 11 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks like this aubergine 5. Joey Barton looks like this butternut squash 11 11 11 11 3. Mesut Ozil looks like these cracked eggs 11 11 1. Luis Suarez looks like this red pepper 6. Manchester City’s Fernando Reges looks like the face in this piece of toast 11 Bonus: Diego Costa looks like this magnolia fruitlast_img read more

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Cell-phone murder conviction upheld
first_imgLANCASTER – An appellate court has upheld the murder conviction of a reputed gang member who fatally shot a teenager in an argument over a cell phone. The 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected arguments by Jerry Kelly III that there was prosecutorial misconduct and court errors during his trial. However, the court did rule that prosecutors failed to provide evidence that he’d committed the crime in association with or for the benefit of a gang. “There is insufficient evidence to support the criminal street gang enhancement and we therefore reverse the true finding on that enhancement and remand for resentencing,” the ruling said. However, the decision will not reduce Kelly’s sentence of 50 years to life in prison. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“The sentence he was given on the basis of this (gang) enhancement was supposed to run concurrently with his sentence for murder and that still stands. The fact that it was concurrent means no time will now be subtracted from Mr. Kelly’s sentence,” Deputy Attorney General Jack Newman said. Kelly was convicted of first-degree murder in the May 2004 killing of 19-year-old Devontay Oats. Kelly received 25 years to life for the murder charge plus another 25 years to life for using a firearm causing death. Kelly had a prior conviction of possession or purchase of cocaine for sale in 2001 and was paroled in January 2003, state records show. Kelly’s mother and sister testified that he was at home at the time of the shooting, which occurred during a weekend party at a home in the 1800 block of East Avenue H-12. Oats’ friends said the gunman arrived with a group of gang members who crashed the party. Soon after their arrival, the man claimed that his cell phone was missing and began searching partygoers. “He was angry, and yelled `Nutty Block’ (referring to a Crips gang) and that he was from Compton several times. Appellant asked the 60 to 70 people present to line up at the door so he could search them one at a time on the front porch. He said that if he found someone with his cell phone, he would be `popping’ him,” the ruling said. “When appellant reached for Devontay Oats’s pocket, Oats said he did not have the phone and pushed appellant’s hand away. Appellant backed up, pulled out a black semiautomatic handgun, and the gun discharged. Oats was hit in the head and fell to the ground. Appellant shot Oats two more times, although accounts differed as to whether these shots followed the first immediately, or occurred after appellant had fled and returned,” the ruling said. Kelly argued that the evidence presented at trial did not establish a pattern of gang activity as required and that there was insufficient evidence that the crimes were committed for the benefit of that gang. “We find merit in appellant’s contention that the prosecution failed to prove two predicate offenses were committed by Nutty Block Crips gang members for the benefit of the gang,” the ruling said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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